A woman and a Rochester firefighter were rescued late Thursday night when flames trapped them on the second floor of a house on Aberdeen Street.
The fire was reported at 387 Aberdeen St., on the city’s west side, shortly before 10 p.m.
Lt. Edward Kuppinger of the Rochester Fire Department said that after it was determined a person was trapped on the second floor of the house, a firefighter went inside to attempt a rescue. However, flames blew up a stairwell, trapping the two.
A second firefighting crew then entered the 2 1/2 story wood framed house and were able to rescue both the woman and firefighter, Kuppinger said.
Curt Isakson is a 35 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Department where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt’s fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments.
Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates County Fire Tactics that covers a very diverse range of fire service topics, as well as Firefighter Rescues, a site that documents rescues made by firefighters around the country.
He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and owns/operates the annual HROC, COBC, WOTF, CFT ODP on Pensacola Beach. He is a Florida Certified Fire Officer, Instructor, Inspector, Arson, and FLUSAR.
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